After a car accident involving two drunken bodyguards of the Austrian chancellor, suspicions of structural abuse of bodyguards by high-ranking politicians harden. An anonymous letter reveals abusive structures, the opposition inquires.
In order to cripple the Russian war machine, Austria has been in support of EU sanctions. Yet, these hurt Europe’s economy while significantly lowering living standards in the process. Now that their effectiveness is increasingly in doubt, Austria stands out among member states for pursuing a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine debacle.
The new law, the brainchild of the center-right ÖVP and the Greens and opposed by the FPÖ, allows citizens’ vaccination status to be checked by police. Fines for infractions will range from €600 to €3600.
The swearing-in ceremony, which saw Nehammer and five ministers assume their respective positions, took place on Monday afternoon and comes just days after former Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg—who spent less than two months at the helm of the country—announced his resignation.